Englewood, CO (Vocus) December 19, 2008
In the poorest countries, contracting strep throat can be a death sentence because of the lack of availability health care of antibiotics. Without proper treatment strep throat can progress to rheumatic fever which leads to heart damage. In many cases this leads to ultimately requiring heart surgery. In Nicaragua, 1000 children are waiting for heart surgery due to congenital heart disease or strep complications which ultimately result in rheumatic heart disease. It is in places like Nicaragua that the medical supplies and equipment needed to perform surgery, such as open heart, are desperately lacking. This is where Project C.U.R.E.’s 21 years of experience will make a difference for partners, such as Surgeons of Hope, who are seeking to build a pediatric heart facility to help treat those in need.
To make this possible, Project C.U.R.E. will be providing the essential equipment needed by Surgeons of Hope to perform surgery and provide pre and postoperative care for the victims of this disease as well as many others suffering from heart disease and other illnesses. More than $640,000 worth of medical supplies and equipment will be placed at La Mascota hospital, the only children’s hospital in Nicaragua. Over 50% of the container will include medical commodities specifically for the treatment of heart disease in children. The other general supplies and equipment are needed throughout the children’s hospital for the care of the 12,000 children the hospitals works with each year. This first container is one of many that are needed to support Surgeons of Hope as they build the Pediatric Heart Institute in Nicaragua. When fully operational, over 200 children will be able to receive life-saving heart surgery each year.